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UPDATE/Back to the Grind

UPDATE: Per Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross’s Twitter, Martin Biron will be starting between the pipes tonight for the Blueshirts:

Biron in net tonight vs. Devils. Otherwise same lineup for Rangers.

That is what the New York Rangers will be doing tonight at the Prudential Center when they take on the New Jersey Devils.

Coming into tonight’s tilt, the Blueshirts are on a two game winning streak. Two Saturday’s ago, the Rangers beat the Bruins in overtime by a 3-2 score and then three nights later at Madison Square Garden, the club shutout the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 3-0.

The Rangers also currently find themselves in the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 66 points and are one point behind the league-leading Detroit Red Wings. For the Rangers to keep up this kind of pace, they are going to have to get things started on the right foot tonight in New Jersey.

Luckily for the Blueshirts, they have several players who have performed well over the last few games. Lundqvist was terrific in Boston and was good when he had to be against the Jets.

Marian Gaborik, the NHL All-Star MVP, scored two goals against the Bruins and picked-up a hat trick and an assist in the All-Star Game. His confidence should be at a high level right now.

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Even More Thoughts on the Blueshirts and the NHL…This Time from Rob Simpson

From good friend of the blog Rob Simpson at MSG.com:

11) The Rangers lead the NHL in back-to-backers (games on consecutive nights) thus far. Tuesday night concludes their 14th set this season. They’ll eventually play a total of 18 times on consecutive nights.After starting a remarkable 9-0 in the 2nd game of back-to-backers, the New Yorkers have lost 3 of their last 4 (they’ll win Tuesday night at home against Florida).

12) Marian Gaborik has never struck anyone as a guy who pads his stats against the weaker competition, but this year, that has been the case.

After his fluke goal in the third period Monday, the Slovakian Streak has 16 goals in 37 games in his 10th NHL season, and hasn’t really lit the lamp in clutch moments, the fluke goal not withstanding. Other than two game winners, his tallies have come in bunches against the also-rans. He has four goals in a single game against Toronto (12th in the East), three in a match against the Islanders (last in the East), and another hat trick against Edmonton (last in the West). His single goal games (6) have come against Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington twice, Tampa, and the Islanders. He has four power play goals.

Click here for notes on the Blueshirts and the NHL in general.

 

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Is the All-Star Fan Balloting Process a Joke?

The NHL recently announced the six all stars as voted by the fans and while the players selected are all definitely talented, I believe that the whole fan voting process is a joke.

Let’s start by taking a look at this year’s picks: Sidney Crosby (forward, Pittsburgh Penguins), Evgeni Malkin (forward, Pittsburgh Penguins), Jonathan Toews (forward, Chicago Blackhawks), Kris Letang (defenseman, Pittsburgh Penguins), Duncan Keith (defenseman, Chicago Blackhawks) and Marc-Andre Fleury (goaltender, Pittsburgh Penguins). While there is no doubting that these players have all had successful seasons thus far, a lot can be said about how they were voted in the first place.

Obviously, because of the likes of Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, Letang, and other solid players on the Penguins, fans have jumped on board to support them. In supporting them, the fans attend their games, by their merchandise and now, vote for them for the NHL All-Star Game and by vote, I mean A LOT. Just look at these voting statistics:

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Look at the Bright Side

Yes, yesterday afternoon’s 3-0 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins certainly stings but look on the bright side: the New York Rangers picked up points in four of their five road games, including wins against the Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and the talented Chicago Blackhawks.

The trip saw Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist return to form, especially his statistics: 23 wins, a 2.54 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and two shutouts. These numbers certainly show why he is attending this year’s NHL All-Star game in Montreal.

The team’s recent road trip also saw Chris Drury come alive as well as the continued strong play of Ryan Callahan and Nigle Dawes. Hopefully, these three will continue to play well because they are the only ones that are performing consistently on an offensive level in the past couple of weeks.

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The NHL All-Star Game: A Popularity Contest?

Up on the Versus website today is an article I did regarding the voting process for the NHL All-Star game.

Feel free to let me know what you think!

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